Navy vet acted alone in DC shooting rampage that killed 13 - police
"We don't have any evidence or indication at this stage that there was another shooter, even though we haven't completely ruled that out," said Washington mayor Vincent Gray.
He added that a total of eight people were injured. Three of that total were shot, including the policeman shot three times in the leg. Another five injuries were less serious, ranging from stress and chest pain to head contusions.
Police have confirmed the names and ages of seven victims killed in today’s attack at the Navy Yard. None are military personnel.
Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old suspect in Monday's shooting rampage at the US Navy Yard in Washington, was an employee of a company called "The Experts," a subcontractor for an HP Enterprise Services military contract, Hewlett-Packard said.
HP said the contract was "to refresh equipment used on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) network." "HP is cooperating fully with law enforcement as requested," Michael Thacker, director of corporate media relations for Hewlett-Packard, said in a statement.
President Barack Obama ordered flags be lowered to half mast through Friday after a mass shooting at a naval base in the US capital left 13 dead including the shooter.
The gesture was "a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence," Obama said in a proclamation issued Monday evening after the shooting, as the flags at the White House and the Capitol building were observed at half mast.
Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old suspected shooter behind Monday's rampage at the US Navy Yard in Washington, served full time in the US.
Navy's Reserve from May 2007 to January 2011, a Navy official told Reuters. It was still unclear whether Alexis was working at the US Navy Yard in a civilian capacity at the time of the incident, the official added.
Three federal law enforcement sources tentatively identified Aaron Alexis, a one-time Texas resident, as the gunman in a shooting on Monday at the US Navy Yard in Washington.
The sources have been briefed on the investigation of the incident, in which at least 12 people were killed, including the shooter.
So far officials say there is no known link to terrorism.
Officials have yet to publicly reveal the name of the shooter.
A shooting rampage at a Washington naval base claimed at least 12 lives including that of an unidentified gunman, city police chief Cathy Lanier told reporters Monday.
Lanier said two more potential suspects were still at large after the shooting at the Washington Naval Yard and that the motive of the shooter or shooters was not yet known.
Police said one suspected gunman was among the dead.
"We potentially have two other shooters out there," Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.
Lanier said their involvement was "not confirmed," but that witnesses reported the two men armed at the scene shortly after the shooting began. Both wore "military-style uniforms" - one in drab olive and carrying a rifle, the other in Navy-style khaki with short sleeves and a beret - but were not believed to be members of the military.
"We have no indications of any motive at this time," Lanier said.
Asked if the rampage could have been a terrorist attack, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said "we don't have any reason to think that at this stage."
There was no information about a motive in the shooting, which began around 8:20 am (1220 GMT) on the sprawling naval base on the Anacostia River, about 2 kilometres south of the US Capitol.
The spree took place inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, a building where about 3,000 people work. The command is responsible for engineering, building, buying and maintaining vessels and combat systems.
One police officer and two women were being treated in critical condition, Washington Hospital Centre chief medical officer Janis Orlowski said.
President Barack Obama said the United States is facing "yet another mass shooting" with an armed attack at Washington's Navy Yard on Monday and vowed to hold accountable whoever was responsible.
With details still emerging about the shootings at the Navy Yard, Obama said he had been briefed on the situation and that the shooting had targeted military and civilian personnel.
"We're going to be investigating this tragedy and we are going to do everything that we can to pevent such attacks in future," he said.
Military personel know the dangers of serving abroad but today they faced the unimaginable violence here at home, said Obama.
"We will do everything in our power to make sure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible," underlined US President.
He spoke at the start of a speech about the US economy.
Seven people were killed and another five injured in the shooting spree at Washington's Navy Yard on Monday, according to a preliminary report cited by a US official.
The situation surrounding the shooting was still fluid and under investigation, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Authorities believe that one shooter is dead and as many as two other suspects are on the loose. Sources speaking to ABC this afternoon said that one of the shooters may be a former Navy official. Meanwhile, the DC Metropolitan Police Department report that at least one of the shooters appeared to be in official military clothing.
The shooting happened inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters (NAVSEA) building.
Police now believe two shooters, including one in fatigues, have killed four people and wounded eight others at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, throwing the region into fear and chaos during the morning commute.
At least one of the shooters is “down,” police said mid-morning, but it was unclear whether that means the suspect has been arrested or shot. They said the other suspect remains at large, and police believe they have pinned down one between the third and fourth floors of one of the buildings on the installation in Southeast Washington.
Police on the scene said at least eight civilians were shot, along with the two police officers. One is a D.C. Metro Police officer who was shot twice in the leg and was evacuated on a helicopter that took off from a rooftop, police said. The other officer worked at the base. Except for the officer who was taken away by helicopter, all the other injured were being treated on the ground, police said.
Ed Buclatin, that public affairs chief for the Navy Installations Command tweeted “four killed and eight injured” at the Navy Yard.
A Navy Yard employee reached by telephone shortly before 10 a.m. said employees are still being told to shelter in place. She did not hear the shots, but described sirens, SWAT teams, Marines and a helicopter responding.
The US Navy said that three shots were fired around 8:20 a.m. at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building, where about 3,000 people work.
Two Navy yard employees interviewed on CNN said they were fired on in a hallway by a gunman they described as a tall black man.
A woman who gave her name as Terry Durham said that as she and co-workers were evacuating, she saw a man down the hall raise a rifle and fire toward them, hitting a wall. “He was tall. He appeared to be dark-skinned,” she said.
Employees described the chaos, as a fire alarm sounded and people shouted, “Where is he? Where is he?”
Police closed the 11th St Bridge as well as M St SE between 2nd and 4th streets SE due to the shooting. Entrances to the Navy Yard Metro station remain open.
US Capitol Police confirmed enhanced security at the Capitol, but no immediate threat.
A gunman shot at least seven people, including two police officers, on Monday at a Navy facility in Washington, authorities said. Naval officials said that the gunman was on the loose.
A naval security guard was among those shot and was seriously wounded, US military officials said. Washington city police told WRC, the NBC affiliate in Washington, that one of their officers was also among those shot. It was not clear how many of the five others shot were civilian and how many were military.
Tim Hogan, a spokesman for Rep. Steven Horsford of Nevada, posted
The Navy said on its Twitter feed that three shots were fired at 8:20 am ET at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command, part of the Washington Navy Yard. Almost an hour later, the Navy still characterized the shooter as “active.” SWAT teams swarmed the Naval Sea Systems Command building and were hunting for the gunman.
The military officials said that the gunman may have been armed with an AR-15, a military-style assault rifle.
About 3,000 people work in the building, the Navy said. They were ordered to stay in place.
Military police, US Capitol police and Washington city police were all responding. The Capitol police said they were stepping up security on the Capitol grounds. Washington police told WRC that nearby schools were locked down, and some bridges were closed.
Departures have been halted at Washington's Reagan National airport due to a shooting at the US Navy Yard, an official said Monday.
Chris Paolino, a spokesman for Reagan National Airport, said inbound aricraft are still landing and that the airport remains open to passengers.
The Naval Sea Systems Command builds, buys and maintains ships and submarines and their combat systems.
The Navy Yard is along the Anacostia River in Washington, near the headquarters of the Department of Transportation and the Washington Nationals baseball stadium.
Update: Here is an interview with VOR correspondent Justin Mitchell who is at the scene of the crime.
So do the police already have a description of the shooter?
I’ve heard absolutely nothing who the shooter is. I think people are just trying to deal with the situation as it is unfolding. But currently I think the shooter is still barricaded in the building. So, who this person is and what he is doing – this is beyond everybody at this point.
How difficult would it be for an outsider to actually get to that building?
It is in escalation and it is in Washington DC. I imagine the security is quite tight. It would be hard to believe that prosecutors walk in from streets without knowing what weapons he has, so it is unlikely.
Can you elaborate on the kinds of weapons that are thought to be possessed by this perpetrator?
We hear a lot of different statements coming out right now. The current one is that the press are trying to figure out what they can. I guess somebody from the scene tweeted he has 15 riffles, that is not confirmed in any form at this point. So, at this point the situation is still unfolding and we don’t really know what he is using or what is going on.
So we don’t have the description of who the shooter might be but you can probably guess that it is likely an insider, somebody who had access to the Navy Yard and was cleared to enter that building.
It is always hard to know in a situation like this. Things could go in any direction at this point. But apparently at least 7 people have been shot including 1 police officer and a person is still barricaded inside the building and we are trying to find out what we can.
Is he in any way shooting out of the window? Is he taking a sniper’s position in trying to shoot out from that room that he is barricaded in?
I have no idea about that.
Do you hear shots right now?
No shots, I hear a lot of sirens there, incredible amount of police cars, and law enforcement continues to arrive. We continue to see a pretty massive law enforcement presence here.
We understand there were many employees at the Navy Yard at the moment of shooting. How are they treated now?
That information we don’t have. I would assume that would be a standard procedure.
US Navy confirms 3 shots fired at 8:20am at Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters building in Navy Yard, Washington DC.
There is one confirmed injury. Emergency personnel are on scene and a "shelter in place" order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel.
The Naval Sea Systems Command's headquartes is the work place for about 3,000 people.
The organization is comprised of command staff, headquarters directorates, affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and numerous field activities. Together, the team engineers, builds, buys and maintains ships, submarines and combat systems that meet the Fleet's current and future operational requirements.
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. With a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion, NAVSEA accounts for one quarter of the Navy's entire budget. With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems.
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